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Czech immigration law

rutland ježek, a Czech law firm in Prague on the Czech immigration law
 
  1. Foreigners from third countries (non EU including Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) can reside in the Czech Republic based on a visa (short-term or long-term) or residence permit (long-term or permanent).

  2. Foreigners from third countries, who are family members of EU citizen, can also apply for so-called family member of EU citizen card. A family member is considered a husband/wife or civil partner (in durable relationship), children, parents or grandparents.

  3. Types of the Czech long-term visas and long-term residence permits are based on the purpose of stay, which must be documented when applying for a visa. Most common purposes are employment, business, study or family reunion.

  4. Long-term visa is issued for 6 months. In case the foreigner wants to reside in the Czech Republic for longer period and the purpose is the same as for the visa, he/she can apply no later than 14 days before the expiration of the visa at Ministry of Interior in the Czech Republic for long-term residence permit. This application must be filed in person!

  5. In case a foreigner from a third country wants to come to Czech Republic for employment, he/she can apply for so-called employee card or a Blue card. Both cards combine work permit and long-term visa. Foreigners with higher qualification (education) can apply for Blue card. Vacancies open for foreigners from third countries can be found on a webpage of Czech Labor office.

  6. In general, foreigners from third countries can apply for permanent residence permit after 5 years of continuous residence in the Czech Republic. Holder of permanent residence permit has the same rights (but also obligations) as a Czech citizen with regards to employment (including access to job market), public health insurance, doing business. In case of study visa/residence permit, only half of the period of stay is counted (a year is counted as ½ year) for the purpose of the permanent residence permit application.

  7. Czech citizenship can be granted (there is no legal right) to a foreigner, who has permanent residence permit and (in general) has stayed in the Czech Republic based on this permit for at least 5 continuous years (third country nationals) or 3 continuous years (EU nationals). Such applicant must prove that he/she speaks Czech and has knowledge of Czech history, culture and society. Other requirements are clean criminal record, sufficient financial means and no tax, social security and health insurance debts. Former Czech citizens have better position and can obtain back their Czech citizenship in a simplified procedure.
 
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Please note that the list of legal matters stipulated in this section cannot be considered and exhaustive and comprehensive list of all issues arising under Czech law, further is not a legal opinion or advice in any manner, and only expresses view of rutland ježek, law firm on certain specific issues of Czech law.